Album Announcement / Trailer: Prurient’s Frozen Niagara Falls

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Profound Lore Records has set a date for American noise artist Prurient’s debut for the label. News of Prurient’s signing to Profound Lore dates back to the very beginning of last year. PLR labelhead Chris Bruni said Prurient (Dominick Fernow, also of Ash Pool) was preparing a “different” album. Prurient has released music in a veritable kaleidoscope of styles so “different” could mean anything. It was also noted that production is coming from Arthur Rizk, known for his work with Texan heavy metal band Power Trip.

Profound Lore Records is no stranger to releasing noise. Wold have released the majority of their albums on PLR. Last year PLR released a self titled collaboration between Full of Hell and Merzbow. It was on that album’s bonus disc, Sister Fawn, where Merzbow’s personality especially shone through. Profound Lore has also made a habit of signing established artists well into their careers. The brand new Leviathan record Scar Sighted is a perfect example of this. Leviathan released his first demo in 1998, and has been an active staple of the USBM scene since. Scar Sighted is his fifth full length album and first for Profound Lore (it’s also one of my favorite albums of the year so far).

You can check out a track from Prurient’s Cocaine Death (2008) below:

Prurient fits into both categories. While Fernow has played and recorded music in a variety of genres, his oldest project has also been a vehicle for a seemingly endless variety of noise. This artist is also well established, first releasing music on cassette in 1998, nearly twenty years ago. It’s safe to say that Prurient is one of the “biggest” names in noise, alongside the aforementioned Merzbow and Richard Ramirez. I personally count myself as a Prurient fan, having covered his music for this very website previously. I was excited to receive an email from from Toilet Ov Hell capo di tutti capi Joe containing information about Prurient’s upcoming 2015 album, Frozen Niagra Falls. This is the official press release from the PR mouthpiece of Profound Lore Records.


Prurient - Frozen Niagara Falls - May 12th, 2015 - Profound Lore Records

Prurient | Frozen Niagara Falls | May 12th, 2015     Profound Lore Records

 

Known as America’s most prominent noise figurehead, for nearly 20 years under the moniker of Prurient, Dominick Fernow has created a sonic entity unlike any other in the realm of experimental, ambient, and noise music respectively. Throughout a massive repertoire that consists of full-lengths, EP’s, splits, singles, limited cassette runs and 7” releases, etc., Prurient is one of the most important artists to define and reinvent the genre of noise music which in turn has made Fernow one of the premiere visionaries in the entire genre of experimental music.

Throughout the years, Prurient has been known to constantly shape shift its sound into many mutations and incarnations within the noise genre through massively layered walls of sound. Consisting of harsh feedback, tortured vocals, meticulous sampling, machine-like industrial pounding, entrancing synth work, enticing beats, and waves of electronica, these sounds create an aura that treads the fine line of harsh noise extremity and atmospheric beauty.

Frozen Niagara Falls, Prurient’s first full-length album since the 2011 game changer Bermuda Drain, sees Fernow deliver the most ambitious and massive Prurient album to date. A double-album clocking in at a near 90-minutes, this new Prurient album is set to define Fernow even more as a master within all the genres the band tends to crossover into.

In what encompasses moments familiar from the entire Prurient catalog along with creating something entirely new and different from what Prurient has previously done, Frozen Niagara Falls (in which its journey began to manifest in late 2013 and was finally completed on Valentine’s Day 2015) could very well be recognized as the Prurient magnum opus.

Song premieres, release details, and more information to come prior to May 12th, 2015 Frozen Niagara Falls street date. Watch the official album trailer here.

Frozen Niagara Falls
Produced by: Arthur Rizk, Kris Lapke
Mastered by: Paul Corley
Cover photo by: Becka Diamond
Design by: Nikolay Saveliev
Additional art contributors: Matt Kenny, Adam Gordon, Adam Marnie

Track Listing:

Disc One:
1. Myth Of Building Bridges
2. Dragonflies To Sew You Up
3. A Sorrow With A Braid
4. Every Relationship Earthrise
5. Traditional Snowfall
6. Jester In Agony
7. Poinsettia Pills
8. Shoulders Of Summerstones

Disc Two:
9. Wildflowers (Long Hair With Stocking Cap)
10. Greenpoint
11. Lives Torn Apart (NYC)
12. Frozen Niagara Falls (Portion One)
13. Cocaine Daughter
14. Falling Mask
15. Frozen Niagara Falls (Portion Two)
16. Christ Among The Broken Glass


You can check out a track from Prurient’s The Black Post Society (2008) below:

Keeping theme with the album’s title, the official trailer (linked again here) for Frozen Niagara Falls features two minutes of wintery scenes with increasingly heavy snowfall set to a pleasant ambient track, which becomes louder and a bit dramatic towards the end. It ends with Prurient’s diamond logo in the last frame. This may be music included on the album, but does not give much away as far what the album will contain. Profound Lore has promised an entirely new Prurient sound touching on everything he has done before. A recent Facebook update by Chris Bruni stated this would be “90 minutes of music. No fucking compromise.” I can only speculate Frozen Niagara Falls will harken to some of Prurient’s more intense works, like one of my favorites the recent Palm Tree Corpse (2011, not to be confused with the song “Palm Tree Corpse” off of his Bermuda Drain album). Ninety minutes of that style would make for a tremendously difficult listen. It could contain dancier numbers as well like 2013’s Through The Window, which features an interlude in between two longer tracks allegedly designed to powder your nose with coke/crystal/ketamine/whatever. Chris Bruni may be looking for his 2015 flagship record here, a noise album with crossover appeal to hit big on platform sites like 2012’s Sorrow and Extinction and 2014’s Labyrinth Constellation. We will learn more as songs are premiered. Stay tuned to the Toilet Ov Hell for new music roundups and a chance to catch those songs first.

Frozen Niagara Falls comes out May 12th, 2015.

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  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    Writer’s note: the trailer for Frozen Niagara Falls appeared to be embed protected, hence me linking it to that Youtube page twice.

  • The new Prurient sounds pretty good, ND. I also have to say that that the song “Historically-women use poison to kill” is probably the most listenable noise track I have ever heard. Thanks!

    Do you think the newest Prurient will have more noise in it than what is conveyed in the track above? It seems much more tamed down then what I was expecting

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      You know GL, I am curious about that myself. The trailer doesn’t reveal much except for snow.

      Cocaine Death is an interesting listen. It’s on Spotify. Much of this dude’s music is on Spotify, but strangely, not Bandcamp. A lot of his stuff was initially physical / cassette releases.

      • VVayne Brady

        Could be because of the new bandcamp pay wall that limits your streaming.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          Could be, but it hasn’t been since I have been actively listening to Prurient and pursuing his music. Bermuda Drain is one of his only albums on there and I suspect that was a label decision (I’d have to double check who it is, though).

      • Is most of his music like this track?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDl8Eq4dsz8

        I am totally digging this one. I could be a new fan if most of his tracks sound like this!

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          To be honest I am not familiar with that song or EP and of course I am at work. He has done a pretty wide variety of stuff though – keep digging!

          • Ok! I will keep you posted buddy

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            When I wrote about Prurient before for this site, one of the things I said which I still stand by is that my favorite work of his is the marriage of his vocals and some of the more intense noise he’s done. It’s actually what I like about most noise / PExxx I listen to. Without vocals a lot of the stuff is just noise, lol. With vocals it sounds to me like music even if many in the noise community swear it isn’t, in fact, music.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            I have probably said this before, but for me all anti-music seems, to me, like music. Every noise and sound is music to me as it harnessed.

          • As an outsider to noise music – I think it is hilarious that people argue about whether a certain kind of “noise track” is not music just because of the singing in it. lol. How trve can those guys try to be?

          • Dubya was telling me about sword enthusiasts the other day. Apparently there isn’t a single thing that a group of nerds can’t get together and argue about whether it’s “REAL” or not.

          • “REAL TALK” with Papa Joe, Resident Swolly Mammoth Expert.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Says the poser who listens to fake untrve metal.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            He’s not on my level of poserdom. Very few are.

          • JJD,

            I am not sure if you saw the post I directed at you but… Lynch Mob is coming to Richmond Indiana, which is only about 50 mins from me. I am stoked!

            GL

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I’m happy for you. Kansas is coming to my area again and I might go see them. I listened to a concert with their new singer and he was good. His voice was also in good shape unlike Steve Walsh.

          • VVayne Brady

            Is this something to be proud of?

          • Most def!

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            In my case it is. I like music that is either obscure or retro. That’s why I like most doom metal and a lot of really unknown rock bands from the 70’s and 80s

          • VVayne Brady

            Sounds like you know what your title belt is!

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            What is it? The poser championship belt?

          • VVayne Brady

            You did just say you have few competitors 😉

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            Whatcha gonna do brother when Posermania runs wild on you?

          • HAAAAA We should have a PoserMania competition on here. That would be fun

          • VVayne Brady

            I can hear Joe’s migraine pulsating all the way from Austin.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I’d win with very little competition though.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            In my mind PExxx artists are as kvlt as any of the black metal or horrifying sludge acts around – but then, I’m an unkvlt nerd so always consider the source lol

          • I am trying to listen to the Cocaine Death album and it is making my ears hurt. AND I have it turned down real low 🙁

        • Enemy Of The Free World

          He has quite much of material that is more akin to this than more noise-y noise.

    • Prurient is gateway noise. Ed has a crush on him because he’s a poser. The new album will not be very noisy.

      This message brought to you by Christian’s Stinging Butthole.

      • VVayne Brady

        I can hear the wind whistling through that gaping crevasse as we speak.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        It’s possible the success of Sunbather will have far reaching implications even outside of the metal community. Bruni and Fernow could be hoping to achieve Heafdeaven’s level of success / fame / press on this one. I had that hunch the other day and again while writing this thing.

      • Are you sure noise artists aren’t just trolling people?

        Guy1: Hey man, lets put together a bunch of noise samples and sell tickets to a show.
        Guy2: Really? Wow, just noise?
        Guy1: Just noise. We will just post all over the internet about how bad ass our noise is and how real the music is.
        Guy2: There is no way that will work.

        But here we are…. talking about… noise.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          I thought that (and still kind of do) about Harsh Noise Wall (HNW) artists like Vomir, but that dude has a following, sells physical media, does shows, etc.

          There are hundreds of HNW artists, at least.

          • Maybe it like a spiritual like event that people have when listening to it? Like if you are high as a kite and at a shown then maybe you can get into it?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I’ve considered that perhaps some people use the static as a form of tuning our or meditation.

            I’d actually like to see Vomir play just for the absurdity of his performance.

        • I think there is legitimate art made in noise. But then there is also this:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io48golWTsw

          • The whole concept is pretty interesting, even if I do not understand it.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I get your point, I just don’t like this kind of music.

        • Tyreeling In The Years
      • Scrimm

        Stinging Butthole is an incredible name.

    • Dagon

      I was coming in to say the same, regarding women and their poison.

  • Enemy Of The Free World

    Hmm I am awaiting, yet not too excited for this release. Going to go through pile of older Prurient to get into the right mood.

    Also, picked up an old order of albums today, that’s what I’m going to listen to today. (Refresh)

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      Bear God I have refreshed a couple of times, nothing.

      Let me know what older Prurient you get through. I’m interested to hear your thoughts.

      • Enemy Of The Free World

        Should be here now.

      • Enemy Of The Free World

        Yep, the pic shows now. Listening to Prurient’s Worship… This is an album I’d definitely play on a walk in the woods at night. PTC is next.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • Tyreeling In The Years

      Boom.

    • That is good artwork.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Yup. He’s also the guitarist in Shitfucker, and plays in Acid Witch. He’s done artwork for other bands too.

        http://www.metal-archives.com/artists/Shagrat/9355

        • Shitfucker??? m/ m/ that is a tremendous name!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
          • WHOA

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Yeah this is the stuff.

            Hey did you get your Hæthen album yet?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I should be getting it today. You?

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Not yet, Hopefully today too.

        • Tyreeling In The Years

          Is Bitchy Witch Records run by Perversion?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I believe so.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Wow. “Historically, Women Use Poison to Kill” is quite the ride. The use of the repeated melody line is a touch of genius.

  • Dagon

    Also, Power Trip is pretty great. Just look at that album cover.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_rirNgqrG4

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Whoa, cool shit here. Forever Hate is damn cool.

  • Tyreeling In The Years

    New Invincible Force album! This shit crushes.

    https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/satan-rebellion-metal

    • Scrimm

      YAY! Heard one of the two early tracks they released. Good stuff. As awesome as Dark Descent is, they really need to restock their shirt designs.

      • Tyreeling In The Years

        I never really checked out their shirts. I just got an order the other week from Hells Headbangers though. They have some sick shirts for sale there.

        • Scrimm

          They do, unfortunately the one I really wanted there was out. Coincidentally it is a dark descent band.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Figures.

          • Scrimm

            I really want this one. Pretty cool Swallowed one too.

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    I can’t wait for this. It seems very good